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  1. characterized by an ostentatious display of dignity or importance: a pompous minor official.

  2. ostentatiously lofty or high-flown: a pompous speech.

  1. Archaic. characterized by pomp, or a display of stately splendor or magnificence: an impressive and pompous funeral.

Origin of pompous

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English word from Late Latin word pompōsus.See pomp, -ous

Other words for pompous

Other words from pompous

  • pomp·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·pomp·ous, adjective
  • un·pomp·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·pomp·ous·ness, noun

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How to use pompous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pompous


/ (ˈpɒmpəs) /

  1. exaggeratedly or ostentatiously dignified or self-important

  2. ostentatiously lofty in style: a pompous speech

  1. rare characterized by ceremonial pomp or splendour

Derived forms of pompous

  • pompously, adverb
  • pompousness, noun

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